CLARIN-D Legal Helpdesk
The CLARIN-D Legal Helpdesk offers the following general information regarding legal questions in language-based research:
Part of the Legal Information Platform is published openly here, while the other part is available under the password-protected CLARIN-D Wiki. All laws referenced are the laws of Germany and the EU unless noted.
- Legal issues Bibliography
- Legal Issues in Digital Humanities: A Crash Course (.pdf)
- Copying and sharing data
- International sources of Copyright law
- Protected Works
- Exclusive rights
- Copyright term - duration of protection
- Moral Rights
- Applicable law, conflicts of law
- Legal developments in 2013/2014
Based on their licences, language resources can be divided into three CLARIN categories:
- CLARIN PUB (may be distributed publicly)
- CLARIN ACA (may be accessed only for research purposes)
- CLARIN RES (has additional restrictions, which require permission from rights holders)
For more information on these categories and well-known licenses (such as Creative Commons) which correspond to the categories, see here.
For more on CLARIN Deposition License Agreements (DELA), End-User License Agreements (EULA), and Terms of Service (TOS), see here.
It is up to the individual member institutions and consortium partners within CLARIN-D to choose the license for their resources. To maintain legal protection of CLARIN and CLARIN-D as service providers, the legal issues team of CLARIN-D cannot provide legal review of resources or give legal advice.
The legal issues team does, however, maintain the CLARIN-D Legal Issues Platform (below), which contains general information on legal issues that affect language science, as well as engage in research and publications on these issues.
Content created, developed, and fine-tuned on the Legal Information Platform is, in stages, finalised as formal publications. In 2013, Ketzan co-authored a book with chapters on legal issues, and Ketzan and Kamocki together published on data privacy issues for oral interviews. More publications are in the works and in various stages of completion.
- M. Beurskens, P. Kamocki, E. Ketzan. 2014. Implied Consent: A Silent Revolution in Digital Copyright Law. U.S., German and French Perspectives. Revue Internationale du Droit d'Auteur, no. 238 (Feb 2014), pp. 2-108 (in English, Spanish and French).
H. Enke, N. Fiedler, T. Fischer, T. Gnadt, E. Ketzan, J. Ludwig, T. Rathmann, G. Stöckle, F. Schintke. 2013. Leitfaden zum Forschungsdaten-Management ("Guidelines for research data management"). Verlag Werner Hülsbusch, Glückstadt. Available under Creative Commons license here.
- J. Bücker, S. Drude, D. Jung, P. Kamocki, E. Ketzan, C. Purschke, A. Redder, T. Schmidt. 2014. "Informationen zu rechtlichen Aspekten bei der Erhebung mündlicher Korpora" ("Legal aspects of interviews/surveys for spoken corpora"). DFG.de (publication imminent).
The CLARIN Legal Issues Committee (CLIC) White Paper Series is a venue for the open access publication of commentary and scholarship on legal issues and language science under the editorial direction of the CLIC.
- Creative Commons and Language Resources: General Issues and What's New in CC 4.0 (May 2014, Version 1.1. August 2014) - Pawel Kamocki & Erik Ketzan
Information provided by the CLARIN-D Legal Information Platform and Legal Helpdesk should not be regarded as legal advice (rechtliche Beratung). This information is prepared by researchers and legal scholars on issues affecting language resources; we do not respond to specific legal inquiries from researchers. Legal decisions by researchers should be made in conjunction with each partner's home institution, director and legal department. Always consult a lawyer when making a decision that could affect your rights.